Spring Hill College Magazine
By Lindsay Mott ’07
Another new feature of the Division of Business is the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management that launched in fall 2017. Logistics and computer science expert Sam Khoury, PhD, serves as Director of the new program, which launched with 38 students.
Drawing upon Spring Hill’s tradition of and commitment to forming tomorrow’s responsible leaders, course content for the program incorporates the study of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Additionally, case studies explore the application of ethics to activities within complex organizations.
The MBA program provides maximum flexibility to fit the needs of business professionals. Students may choose a one- or two-year path to completion. Admission requirements also allow for those with a minimum of three years of work experience to apply without a GMAT or GRE score.
“The business faculty for this program are actively engaged in research and consulting — we are not just academically engaged; we are practically engaged in the field. And, we are familiar with the need for busy professionals to receive quick and precise feedback — particularly in the online environment,” said James Larriviere, PhD, Chair of the Division of Business.
The revitalized MBA program, focusing on logistics, came about from a consultation with Bonnie Kelly, the Education Officer for the local United States Coast Guard training base. According to George Sims, Spring Hill College Provost, this is a program that is well aligned with the training of Coast Guard officers.
Bill Turncliff, who graduated from Spring Hill in 2006, has worked in logistics for more than 10 years and said the flexibility of the new MBA program allowed him to apply for the fall 2017 semester. “This industry is becoming more competitive every day. Continued learning will help you distinguish yourself from these competitors,” he said.
“I am enthusiastic about the opportunities for advancement this new program will provide to current and future business professionals who seek a unique experience in higher learning,” remarked Spring Hill College President and expert in business, consumer behavior research and marketing, Christopher P. Puto, PhD ‘64.
Before becoming president of the college, Puto served as Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. While there, he designed the university’s first full-time MBA program and redesigned their evening MBA program. Before St. Thomas, Puto served as Professor of Marketing and Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.